Prof. Rotta Loria organizes the minisymposium “Engineered Geomaterials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability” at the ICEGT2020

In the context of the next 2nd International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, to be held at the University of California San Diego from September 20th to 23rd, 2020, Professor Rotta Loria organizes a minisymposium entitled “Engineered Geomaterials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability,” and welcomes abstract submissions by July 31st for a great event. A summary of the minisymposium is reported in the following.

Geomaterials such as soils, rocks and concrete play a critical role for human activity and development. Through their properties and behavior, geomaterials can represent resources or hazards for the humankind. Decades of scientific research have concentrated significant efforts in improving the understanding and prediction capabilities of the properties and behavior of geomaterials. Recent advances increasingly focus on multiphysical properties and behavior to meet engineering applications and solve related problems that typically involve a variety of demands for these materials, such as the capability to sustain loads, transfer heat with more or less ease and be permeated by fluids. The available competence, drawing inspiration or being mediated by nature, can currently be used to develop so-called engineered geomaterials: multiphase physical systems characterized by specific properties and behavior for the most various engineering purposes. This minisymposium gathers the latest fundamental studies from world leading experts working at the interface of different fields to develop competence serving engineering geomaterials for energy and environmental sustainability. The scopes involved are broad, and include fundamental experimental and theoretical investigations aiming to engineer the properties and behavior of geomaterials via thermal, electrical and chemical treatments, biomediated solutions as well as bioinspired techniques. The application of these studies covers large engineering horizons, such as the development of novel soil improvement and stabilization techniques to address natural hazards, rock weathering techniques to facilitate geoenergy harvesting, and concrete improvement techniques targeting the sustainability of extreme loading conditions.

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Prof. Rotta Loria has been nominated Task Force leader by the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

Professor Alessandro Rotta Loria will serve the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering as the leader of the Task Force “Academia-Industry Partnership for Innovation in Energy Geotechnics,” initiated within the context of the Technical Committee 308 on Energy Geotechnics. In recent decades, a substantial amount of scientific research has been developed to increase the knowledge about geosystems that involve the harvesting and/or storage of energy through the ground. Increasing technical advances and applications have also been developed to foster the diffusion of the previous systems and to serve human activity needs. The previous activities, which inherently characterize the science and engineering of Energy Geotechnics, are under continuous progress and can revolutionize the fields of civil engineering, energy engineering, mechanical engineering, architecture, urban planning, and beyond. However, they are often restrained by a mutual limited access of results, discoveries and needs between academia and industry. The mission of this Task Force is to establish a prominent partnership between academia and industry to bridge the gap between the considered fields and to foster scientific discovery, engineering innovation, technology transfer, advanced professional training, financial support, and the exchange of common visions and needs in the scope of Energy Geotechnics.